BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who presided over the rally, on Sunday spelled out seven-point demands and 12 visions of the party.
The demands include the release of its Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and forming a neutral election-time government before the announcement of the election schedule.
In its 12-point vision, the party said it will take steps to improve the country’s political culture, get rid of the politics of vengeance, ensure good governance, democracy and fight against extremism and not allow Bangladesh’s territory to be used to carry out criminal activities against other countries.
Mirza Fakhrul also said they will hold rallies across the country on October 3 and submit a memorandum to deputy commissioners. It will hold rallies in cities on October 4 and submit a memorandum to the divisional commissioners.
The rally formally began around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran.
Though BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February 8, the party has made her the chief guest of the rally as a mark of respect to her.
Hundreds of party leaders and activists gathered at the venue in small processions since morning.
Huge law enforcers were deployed in and around the venue to maintain law and order.
On Saturday, the DMP authorities permitted BNP to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan with 22 conditions.